(Above: "Blessing of the Backpacks" for the new school year. Fall 2017)
Since 1988, St. Mark’s Preschool, one of our outreach ministries, has served as a model program in the Dalton Community. The preschool is a place where each child is recognized and appreciated for his/her individuality. We are the only preschool in Dalton whose mission is to provide “cost-effective, inclusive preschool education and out-reach” – providing an opportunity for special needs children and typical children to learn side-by-side. Children who are nurtured in this loving, caring environment learn at an early age to accept and appreciate each other’s strengths and weaknesses and to celebrate that which makes each child unique and special. The benefits to all the children are evident – the children learn compassion and patience and are taught to look beyond physical and mental differences. The children with special needs have role models, encouragement and socialization from others. They all develop friendships and values that last a lifetime.
St. Mark’s Preschool, housed on the ground floor of the church, has 3 small classrooms with a maximum of 12 children in each class – 4 of those with special needs. There is one class for each age group ( 2, 3, and 4 year olds). The classes meet from 8:50-11:45 every day during the regular school year. The “fours” meet M-F, the “threes” meet M, W, and F and the “two’s“ meet T and Th. Each class is staffed with a teacher and two paraprofessionals. Our teachers are all experienced with young children, some with degrees in Early Childhood and/or Special Education. The staff strives to meet the needs of ALL children-ultimately preparing the children for the transition to their next learning environment.
St. Mark’s Preschool program is financially dependent on the support of church members, families, friends and community. The school is tuition based but 1/3 of the children receive financial scholarships. Partners providing assistance are the Roman Open Golf Tournament, Mohawk Foundation and AllChem, plus many individuals. Additional funds are raised with fund-raisers such as the Chili supper, the sale of Holiday Gift Tags and our Spring fundraiser - Mardi Gras.
If additional information is needed, please contact Laura Bock at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet Our Class Teachers
Two Year Old Class
From Left: Ashley Broadrick, Nancy Cheatham, Ellen Andersen
Three Year Old Class
From Left: Karen Teasley, Emily Brown, Debbie Johnson
Four Year Old Class
From Left: Brittany Simpson, Mariel Broadrick